Rail cafe closes af­ter own­ers ‘be­come tired of un­cer­tainty'

Sta­tion es­tab­lish­ment shuts down af­ter 16 years be­cause of its ‘un­ten­able po­si­tion’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Jack­_84_A­bell

A CAFE which has served com­muters for 16 years has closed for­ever.

Lori's Cafe, which is based on the plat­form at Bea­cons­field Sta­tion, has opted to close fol­low­ing dis­agree­ments with Chiltern Rail­ways, which runs the sta­tion.

Its last day of trad­ing was Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 2.

The cafe was faced with clo­sure last year when Chiltern Rail­ways re­fur­bished Bea­cons­field Sta­tion, and a pe­ti­tion, backed by Down­ton Abbey star Joanne Frog­gatt, was launched to save it.

How­ever, since then, owner Lori Briggs says she has been placed in an in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult po­si­tion by Chiltern Rail­ways, never know­ing how long she would be al­lowed to re­main in place.

Mrs Briggs, who runs the cafe with Dave Dal­ton, said: “It's be­come un­ten­able. We are just op­er­at­ing month by month, never know­ing if we will be asked to move, and it's not a sit­u­a­tion which can con­tinue. We've be­come tired of it, we don't want to deal with it any more.”

She added: “It's a real shame be­cause I have loved work­ing here and serv­ing the cus­tomers over the years. I will miss it a lot. I've had a re­ally good re­la­tion­ship with peo­ple here, and I'll be very sad to go, but Chiltern Rail­ways hasn't left me with any choice.”

Cus­tomers who use the cafe were also dis­ap­pointed at the news.

Rob Shaw, who com­mutes to Lon­don ev­ery day from the sta­tion, said: “It's a lo­cal in­sti­tu­tion. So many peo­ple use it. It's a real shame that it won't be here any more.”

A Chiltern Rail­ways spokesman said it would be look­ing to find a re­place­ment in or­der to keep cafe fa­cil­i­ties at the sta­tion.

Jen­nifer Payne, ser­vices di­rec­tor at Chiltern Rail­ways, said: “At the end of last year, we pro­vided no­tice to the cof­fee shop to va­cate for re­de­vel­op­ment pur­poses.

“How­ever, the cafe at the sta­tion has taken the de­ci­sion to close be­fore their lease has ex­pired.

“We are work­ing on find­ing a tem­po­rary so­lu­tion to re­place the cafe to min­imise any in­con­ve­nience to our cus­tomers.

“Once the im­prove­ments to the sta­tion have been made, we will be un­der­tak­ing a ten­der process for the new fa­cil­i­ties which will of­fer cus­tomers both an im­proved cafe area and en­hanced wait­ing room fa­cil­i­ties.”

‘Real shame’: Lori Briggs and Dave Dal­ton, who ran Lori’s Cafe at Bea­cons­field Sta­tion, which has closed down

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